[dateline] Paris, 2 September 1778
Your kindness in deigning to take notice of my condition is so precious to me that
I shall cherish it always. My situation had become so overwhelming that I despaired
of ever surmounting it until you generously asked me to send you a statement of my
losses, which I take the liberty of enclosing,1
and pray that you will consider my urgent need to return from Nantes to the United
I respectfully await your orders at the earliest possible moment. I have the honor
to be, with the most profound respect, your very humble and very obedient servant
As you can see by what is listed at the end of this memorandum, I am destitute of
every necessity and I know that in your wisdom you will be able to judge what I require
to purchase those things that will make my voyage possible. This memorandum is intended
only to inform you of my losses and I will gratefully receive whatever it pleases
you to send.
Please inform the bearer of the day on which I may meet with you.